Just in Time for a Highlander: Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands #1 by Gwyn Cready with Excerpt and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop introducing a new series from Gwen Cready, Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands.   Please read on for an excerpt and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win one of 5 Copies of Just in Time for a Highlander by Gwyn Cready.

Just in Time for a Highlander:

A fun and lighthearted fantasy historical romance, Gwen Cready has mixed together clan struggles, time travel, a love triangle and plenty of bold personalities into a series that promises to be fun! Different from other Highlander stories out there, the hero is a modern-day man, thoughtful and intelligent, thrust back in time due to an ill-advised wish.  While Duncan is wholly grounded in the present, he’s perhaps just what this fearsome and fearless lass needs.

Abby is the head of her clan, unexpectedly, and is aware that marriage to a strong, fierce man is the best option. But the best option, and the need for it grate at her: she is bold, decisive, intelligent and completely capable of managing her clan; if only the others could see that it was possible for a woman to do so.

What a fun romp- first between Abby and Duncan and their dancing about one another- preconceptions and misguided communications have the two at loggerheads, fighting at the attraction that is palpable between them. More involved and intricate than one would expect, Cready brings in background and history with flair, allowing the reader to picture and understand both living and political conditions of the early 1800’s.

While occasionally feeling a bit over-loaded with background information that I feel is necessary to help establish the world and the time for the series, this information does build a fuller understanding for readers.  Most intriguing are the cast of characters, many with strong and bold opinions and the determination to share those opinions. The interplay between the characters, especially where Duncan’s unfamiliarity with the events and time as well as his more modern approach and view of life adds moments of laughter and some interesting attempts at backpedalling to explain his true intent.

A nice mix of history, heat, fantasy and just plain fun I thoroughly enjoyed this introduction to this new series and am excited to read the next installment.

Just in Time for a Highlander: Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands #1 by Gwyn Cready with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Just in Time for a Highlander
Author: Gwyn Cready
Series: Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands #1
Also in this series: First Time with a Highlander
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1492601934
Published on: 3 February, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 320
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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From RITA winner Gwyn Cready comes a Scottish borderlands time travel romance perfect for fans of Outlander

For Duncan MacHarg, things just got real…

Battle reenactor and financier Duncan MacHarg thinks he has it made—until he lands in the middle of a real Clan Kerr battle and comes face to face with their beautiful, spirited leader. Out of time and out of place, Duncan must use every skill he can muster to earn his position among the clansmen and in the heart of the devastatingly intriguing woman to whom he must pledge his oath.

Abby needs a hero and she needs him now

When Abigail Ailich Kerr sees a handsome, mysterious stranger materialize in the midst of her clan’s skirmish with the English, she’s stunned to discover he’s the strong arm she’s been praying for. Instead of a tested fighter, the fierce young chieftess has been given a man with no measurable battle skills and a damnably distracting smile. And the only way to get rid of him is to turn him into a Scots warrior herself—one demanding and intimate lesson at a time.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.



“Undine, do you see what your magic has wrought?” Abby stabbed a finger in Duncan’s direction.

The woman gave him a full look and her eyes widened. “Oh. Oh, dear.”

“What magic?” Duncan demanded.

Undine regarded him thoughtfully. “He’s handsome, at least. And tall. That could be useful. But that hair…”

“If I wanted handsome, Rosston would certainly do. He at least wields a real sword.” She took Undine by the elbow and turned her away from Duncan. “The poor man appears to have no skills beyond his fists,” she said in a lowered voice. “And I think he’s addled in his head—like Hal the sheep shearer.”

“What were you thinking?” Undine demanded.

“What was I thinking?! ’Twas your herbs.”

“I mean when you opened the paper.”

“I didn’t open the paper. It was shot out of my hand.”

“All of it?!” Undine paled.

“Except for the part that flew in my mouth.” Abby wiped the back of her hand across her tongue and made a sharp sound of disgust. “It tasted like burnt groats.”

Duncan had had enough of being ignored. “What herbs? What magic? What are you talking about? Did you bring me here?”

Undine considered. “You could try to make do with him.”

“Make do?!” Abby cried. “You make do with him! Can’t you see this is the last thing I need with the clans right now?” She pulled herself onto the horse. “You need to get rid of him.”

The “get rid of him” made Duncan’s stomach tighten. “No. Wait—”

“Abby?” a voice called from beyond the trees. “Abby, are you there?”

“Oh, God help us, it’s Rosston.” Abby gave Duncan a warning look. “Don’t say another word.”

“No!” Duncan grabbed her pommel. “I want to go home! Send me home! I don’t know what you two witches have done.”

“Silence, you fool.” She jerked the reins in an effort to keep the beast from lurching. The arrow fell from her bow.

A kilted clansman crested the rise.

“You, there!” Duncan called to the man. “Help me. These women have—”

Duncan felt a thwack on the head, and the world went dark.



About Gwen Cready

Gwyn Cready is a RITA Award-winning romance novelist. She's been called "the master of time travel romance." She lives in Pittsburgh.

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